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Michael Aaron Mayes

Michael Aaron Mayes was born and raised in Calgary. After graduating from McGill University with a business degree and an inexplicable love of writing, he began his career as an advertising writer. Since then, Michael worked as a writer and creative director at various advertising agencies, before going rogue as a freelancer to spend more time writing longer stories. In 2013, he wrote his first children's book, Which Way Back? for BC's Knowledge Network. The following spring it became the Number 1 Children’s Title on the BC Bestsellers list. Michael was part of The Writer’s Studio at SFU in 2018/19 and currently lives in Squamish, BC, where he's busy working on his first young adult novel between hikes. For updates go to

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Which Way Back? Featuring Luna, Chip & Inkie. Figure 1 Publishing, 2013
emerge 19: The Writer's Studio Anthology. SFU Publications, 2019
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